| India has recently announced a new import policy for second-hand technologies.
Under this policy, imports of technologies that are more than 10 years old
are prohibited. Technologies less than five years old can be imported at
standard rates of duty. Technologies that are between 5-10 years old are
decided on a case by case basis. The only criterium is the age of the technologies.
Environmental performance is not considered, partly because any technologies
will still have to meet existing environment standards for manufacturing
processes and equipment. This ignores the consideration that imports of
older manufactured products could consume energy inefficiently and result
in greater indirect environmental impacts (e.g., refrigerators, CFLs
with inferior phosphors, chokes, and motors).